The first time I went for a run with a local running group, I went through a series of emotions. I won’t be fast enough, I’m not wearing the right clothes, I don’t know what they are talking about (fartlek anyone?) and truth be told, I didn’t feel welcome.
But I didn’t give up. You see I came to running as an adult and wanted to learn the tricks to running along the Chicago lakefront effortlessly. I had so many questions, and longed for running friends to chat with.
Some running clubs were too competitive, others were too young, others had corporate policies I couldn’t get behind. It took a while, but I finally found a crew and began to understand there is so much more to running friends, than running. Then I had a chance meeting with Lauren Fleshman at a local race, and I knew where I belonged, with the Volée.